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Susan Studlar, Ph.D.

Visiting Associate Professor

Teaching Interests

Plant biodiversity is one of humanity’s greatest resources. Dr. Studlar's courses (plant geography, plant diversity, and plant anatomy and development) focus on plant biodiversity from organismic, taxonomic, ecological, and geographic perspectives, with a strong emphasis on writing, hands-on laboratories, and field trips in the Core Arboretum. 

Her main research interest is diversity and ecology of Appalachian bryophytes, including human impacts (trampling, moss harvest and rock climbing). She works intensively with undergraduate Herbarium Interns (Biology 491) and work-study students on curating and identifying bryophytes and lichens in our large, historic Bryophyte-Lichen Herbarium. Currently she is cooperating with an NSF-sponsored All-Volunteer Project to digitize our bryophytes and lichen collections (going back 100 years or more) so that these excellent ecological indicators can be used to assess climate change as part of the NSF Thematic Collections Network (TCN). My Herbarium Interns also co-lead my annual Moss, Fern, and Lichen Walk for the West Virginia Botanic Garden, and help me maintain the Biology Dept. Native Wildflower Garden.